Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sputnik Declassified


Sergei Korolev, the engineer behind the 184-pound Soviet Sputnik satellite, was not credited by name until after his death.


The Army's Wernher von Braun, seen here with a model rocket, was prevented from making America's first attempt to put a satellite in orbit and was forced to defer to a team from the Naval Research Laboratory. When the Navy's Vanguard failed, he put America in space with Explorer in January, 1958.

Read an exciting story about Sputnik here:  BLOW TO THE NATION BY PAUL DICKSON


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